Police update on Witham rape investigation

A police cordon was put in place on Armond Road and River Walk after the attack Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

A police cordon was put in place on Armond Road and River Walk after the attack Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: GOOGLE MAPS

Officers are no longer looking to speak to three people who they hoped could assist with their investigation into a rape in Witham.

Essex Police released CCTV images of three individuals yesterday, who they hoped could help with their enquiries into an attack near River Walk in the town.

Officers would now like to inform the public that they are no longer looking to speak to the people concerned.

A statement from the force said: “We would like to thank all three people for making contact with us so quickly and assisting officers in their investigations along with everyone who shared our appeal.”

Officers received a call at around 12.15am on Saturday, July 21 after a woman reported being been attacked near River Walk in Witham.

After leaving Newland Street at around 11.30pm on the night of the attack, the victim took a right turn at Mill Lane and walked along a footpath in the wooded area which runs parallel to the River Brain.

When she reached the pond area, she was approached by two white men – one of whom raped her.

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Afterwards, the woman was then able to make her way back to Newland Street, where police were called.

Chief Inspector Janette Rawlingson, District Commander for Braintree and Uttlesford, said: “We know when an awful incident of this nature is reported, it naturally raises fears among local people.

“At the time of the incident, we increased patrols and we have not had reports of any similar incidents since this time.

“The best approach is to be vigilant, but not alarmed.

“Witham remains a very safe place to live, work and visit.”

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